The iRIDE team's Whaka 100 bikes - But whose is faster?
The Whaka 100 is one of New Zealand's most famous races, with competitors racing through the world-famous Whakarewarewa Forrest in Rotorua. With race options ranging from 5km to 160km, there is no shortage of discussion surrounding bikes, bike setup, and race day tactics.
This year three members of the iRIDE team are racing the various lengths of the Whaka. Find out about their bikes, bike setup and race day tactics in their interviews below!!!
Joe's Specialized Epic Evo
A brief overview of bike - Custom-built to be the ultimate Whaka 100 Miler race bike. Featuring a Fox 34 130mm Grip 2 and Fox DPS w/ Remote Lock-out. Roval Control wheels w/ a Specialized Ground Control up front and Fast Trak on the back. A SRAM X01 with a 32t chainring and topped off with Shimano XT 4-pot brakes.
Race Length - Whaka Miler (160 km)
Favorite Part of the Bike - Remote Lockout on the rear shock
Favorite Race Day Accessory - Baggy shorts
Favorite Race Day Snack - Clif Shot blocks and Coke
Top Whaka Tip/Trick - Bring a wheel speed sensor, you don't want to lose any kms in the forest.
Andrew's Specialized Epic
A brief overview of race bike - Specialized Epic with Rockshox 120mm lock-out fork, S-Works carbon bar, and 155mm Power Mimic saddle for my wide caboose!
Race Length - Whaka 100 (km)
Favorite Part of the Bike - Lockout on the fork.
Favorite Race Day Accessory - LeadOut bar bag to tuck away all the essentials I’d rather not have in my pockets (spares, plugs, extra nutrition etc)
Favorite Race Day Snack - Porridge / honey banana for breaky, GU Stroopwaffles on the bike, a cold beer after!
Top Whaka Tip/Trick - USWE Outlander pack for hydration as bottles are tricky to drink and use as often as you need when it is all single track! Speed sensor on the bike so you know the distance as GPS often drops out.
Jamie's Specialized Epic
Race Length - 100km
Favorite Part of the Bike - Its weight and the orange.
Favorite Race Day Accessory - Garmin Edge 520 - it reminds me to Eat and drink and also lets me know how more suffering there is to go.
Favorite Race Day Snack - Gels, Gels, and more Gels… the more caffeine in them the better. Quickeeze Spearmint chews. Awesome at curing cramps and freshening your breath.
Top Whaka Tip/Trick - Halfway bag with a spare Tube and Co2s in case you’ve already had to put a tube in or used gas for a plugged tire. I’ll also have spare bottles with water and an electrolyte in case I need one. I won’t stop at the halfway point unless I need something from that bag